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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

7 July 2015. A Thought from Righteous Elder St Amvrosy Grenkov of the Optina Pustyn (+1891)

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For more information on Righteous Elder St Amvrosy Grenkov of the Optina Pustyn click here.

At present, the Convertodox are all agog over the “gay marriage” thing and about how it’s such a big threat to us. That isn’t so (the Church has its position, it hasn’t changed, nor has the state threatened even the slightest of actions in response, either now or later). DO NOT ARGUE WITH RIGHTWING ASSHATS. NEVER EVER. Do NOT frequent their websites… do NOT take part in their fora… do NOT argue with them in person. Trust me, you’d have better luck talking to the wall. They’re going to parade this or that “spokesman” and tell you that they’re giving the “Teaching of the Church”. That isn’t so… there’s diversity of opinion in the Church on how best to implement its teachings… do have a care with people like Patrick Reardon or Victor Potapov. The former lacks Orthodox seminary formation (but does have heterodox formation) and the latter lacks an Orthodox graduate degree (he has seminary, that’s it… he lacks a kandidatura from an established institution such as the MDA, Thessaloniki, or Belgrade). That is, neither one is an authoritative voice. DO NOT LOG ONTO A SITE CALLED MONOMAKHOS… the idiots all hang out there… all that it’d do is rile you to no end. If a priest shoves his opinion as the “teaching of the Church”, complain to your bishop… if that doesn’t work, you can go further, to the SOBs (Synod of Bishops). In most cases, that’s the charm. DON’T FEED THE TROLLS! That’s not only good secular advice, St Amvrosy makes it clear that it’s the Church’s REAL teaching, too. Have a care, the times are perilous…



Sunday, 26 April 2015

26 April 2015. Rightwing Slimers Climb Out of Their Holes on Marriage… Politicising the Sacraments Yet Again!

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In the Rodina, the Church requires a civil marriage before a religious ceremony. HH supports that… so should we… without fanfare and without juvenile posturing as Reardon just did.


Reardon and Mattingly crawled out of their ratholes again to politicise the sacraments yet again (click here for the full article). Firstly, civil and sacramental marriage are two separate things, and have always been. I asked a friend at the MDA about this, and he said, “If someone wishes to get married in the Church, they must have a valid civil marriage. State and Church are separate, but we aren’t going to cause any controversy either”. That’s all that Reardon had to say, “As of today, no one without a valid civil marriage can ask for a sacramental marriage”… and leave it at that. That’s the policy in EVERY diocese in the Rodina. However, this loudmouthed semi-heretic wanted to make a political splash in his Far Right circles (he was a supporter of the dubious deposed Moriak… he was also one of those who supported the deposed Paffhausen). After all, Reardon considers the notorious heretic Florensky a saint (yeah, the guy was a genius… he was also one of the greatest heretics in Church History); hey, Pat’s one of those semi-converted konvertsy influenced by the sodomite heretic Gleb Podmoshensky. Reardon has NO Orthodox clerical formation and he teaches at a so-called “Continuing Anglican” seminary. Don’t forget, Sir Pat left the OCA because Feodosy Lazor refused to ordain him, as he had no Orthodox seminary formation (a wise move). In short, the guy’s hardly Orthodox in his heart-of-hearts. I won’t judge his eternal destination, for that’s God’s place, but it’s clear that Reardon’s a raving ignoranus (as his lack of Orthodox clerical formation shows); no decent and true Orthodox Christian can stand with him in anything. After all, he’s part of that crowd of lunatics that believe that people “excommunicate themselves”… nothing more barmy can be imagined!

His pal Mattingly’s part of that dubious claque around Freddie M-G and Potapov in the District. He works for an Antichristian Sectarian pressure group, which shows that his commitment to the Church is rather shaky, too. He’s one of those who refuses to stand publicly for Suffering Novorossiya, as that wouldn’t go down well with his Far Right Sectarian colleagues. Remember, Freddie M-G colludes with the ravening Uniate enemies of Christ’s Church, and her circle does likewise. At a time when Holy Orthodoxy is fighting a “battle of civilisations” with the Uniate papist imposters, such indifferentism isn’t only wrongheaded, it’s criminal! Reflect well that all the konvertsy go gaga over Freddie… most of them are like her (and Mattingly and Reardon)… they gleefully associate with the Uniate and Sectarian enemies of the Church.

In short, this is rubbish all the way around. All that Reardon need have done is quietly acted… AFTER CONSULTING WITH HIS BISHOP! I think that this Rightwing Piece of Shit didn’t do that. He has no right to set ANY policy… he’s only a priest! Our theology makes it clear that priests are only delegates of the bishop, they’re only priests insofar as they share in the bishop’s fullness of the priesthood, they have NO right to act independently. We commemorate the bishop at every service… NOT THE PRIEST! We’re a hierarchical Church… the bishops sitting as Holy Synod make such policies, not prideful jumped-up konvertsy “priests!” In short, Reardon merits deposition for his action. He overstepped his bounds, did it publicly, and courted public notoriety in the media. God willing, the AOCANA will do just that. Whatever the merits of his position, he had no right to arrogate to himself a prerogative that Church Law and Tradition leaves to the Holy Synod sitting en banc. Snotty arrogant ignorant Anglo bastard… the sooner that we slap him down, the better.


Sunday, 12 April 2015

12 April 2015. A Believer’s Take on Marriage

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Gabe and Laura… this one’s for you. May Laura deliver safely…



When Allah has decided to unite two hearts in marriage:

  • no distance is too far
  • no time is too long
  • no powerful force can separate them
  • no one can break them apart

Mohsin Hasan Mumtaz

Dedicated to my lovely sister FATIMA MICHEL BARNES


Today is Easter… spread the joy… to all around you… to believers (including non-Christians)… to secularists (don’t call ‘em atheists, please)… to all of God’s Creation (including your animals).

To Mr Mumtaz… thank you for such a beautiful (and concise) post. God luv ya…

To all rightwing asshats… Muslims are believers, too… you’ve forgotten that. Neither ISIS nor the Azov Battalion represent real Christian and real Muslim believers. That’s that… it’s what I hold and what I stand for, any road.

THIS IS MY PERSONAL BELIEF… I don’t claim it to be the “Teaching of the Church”… however… I’d say that it doesn’t contradict it, though. Be careful with labelling things the “Teaching of the Church”… quite often, it’s nothing but idiosyncratic opinion decked out in ill-fitting (and utterly false) finery… reflect on that, this Easter…


Tuesday, 8 October 2013

8 October 2013. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… 28 Prisoners Marry in One Day at Russian Penal Colony

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A penal colony in Russia’s Ural Mountains witnessed an unusual boom of weddings recently, with 28 of its male inmates getting married to women, some of whom they had just met, in one day. Local news site 74.ru reported that, on Friday, Strict-Régime Colony Nr 2 {equivalent to an American medium-security prison: editor} in Chelyabinsk Oblast held all 28 weddings in a banquet hall. Prison officials noted that the number was unusually high for a single session of the periodic weddings held at the facility. A video of the event showed dozens of brides in white dresses sitting at tables with their incarcerated grooms, who were sporting suits instead of their regular prison garb. The report noted that some of the couples met each other for the first time that day. After the ceremony, the authorities allowed the newlyweds to spend two days and a night together on the prison’s premises; later, they’d only be able to see each other only a few times a year.

7 October 2013



Editor’s Note:

Seeing IS believing. The Church has made great strides since 1988. The old Russian attitudes towards prisoners are returning, as these pictures illustrate (interestlingly enough, the communists agree with the believers… hell, most of the communists ARE believers, and better belivers than the “conservative” konvertsy poseurs in the American diaspora). The revival will not be televised… the revival IS alive (hat tip to the late Gil Scott-Heron)!


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